College football is different from professional sports in a number of ways, but the fans of the game still come into the season with huge expectations placed on the programs that they follow. This is especially true if they are coming off a season that was one of the best in school history. The Iowa Hawkeyes had a season for the ages last year, and with a number of starters coming back for the 2016 college football online betting season, the expectation was that they would simply continue where they left off. After getting through the first two weeks of the season with relative ease, the Hawkeyes were seriously derailed in Week 3 by N. Dakota State in a loss that no-one saw coming. As much as that hurts, the Hawkeyes have another game to play this weekend, heading into New Jersey to face a Rutgers team that suddenly doesn’t look like the easy win we thought it would be. The Hawkeyes head on the road as a 13-point favorite for this one.
In Depth Analysis On The Hawkeyes At Scarlet Knights College Football Winning Favorites
When: Saturday, September 24 at 12 PM EST
Where: High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway
TV: ESPN 2
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NCAAF Odds: Iowa Hawkeyes -13
Why bet on the Iowa Hawkeyes
It’s fair to say that everyone is now sitting back to see how Iowa are going to react after going down to an FCS team in Week 3. The reality of the matter is that even if the Hawkeyes blow past every other opponent the rest of the way, the Playoff Committee are going to look at that loss and decide that it might just be enough to keep the Hawkeyes out of the top 4. One thing is for certain, Iowa Hawkeyes has to find a way to get their running game going again. They looked great in the opening 2 weeks, but then struggled last week with just 34 total yards on 25 carries. Job one this Saturday will be to establish the run and get a little bit of their swagger back on offense.
Why bet on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Rutgers started their season with an expected loss to Washington, but ae coming into this one on the heels of two straight wins. The Scarlet Knights have to be looking at the Hawkeyes as a wounded animal that they can perhaps take advantage of, and they could certainly use a boost heading into the next couple of weeks. Next up on the schedule for Rutgers are Ohio State and Michigan, which are both games where they can expect to see very little joy. This might be their last shot at success for a few weeks, and you know that they are going to be up for it. The key to the win here is to find a way to stuff the Iowa run game.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
I like Iowa to respond in a big way here, simply because they are too talented to slip to consecutive bad defeats. I think they win this one, and cover the spread in the process.